LIDO JAZZ ROOM

Tucked underneath a cinema screen and down a narrow stairway, the Lido Jazz Room boasts live music every Friday and Saturday, 8pm – 10pm, from the best jazz players in town. Inspired by iconic Manhattan jazz bars of the 80s, the Lido Jazz Room seats 40 guests alongside the in-house piano and drum kit. Sonny Rehe, owner of Fitzroy’s Uptown Jazz Café, curates the gig guide with both local and visiting acts being featured. 

$25/$20*

*Members and Student Concession only.

Bob Sedergreen and Friends – Free Spirits
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Synopsis
Free Spirits, featuring Bob Sedergreen (keyboard), David Jones (drum/percussion) and Scott Dunbabin (bass). This group received phenomenal audience reaction at every gig they have performed at the Lido Jazz Room.

A night of spontaneous jazz created in the moment.
David Jones is not only Australia’s iconic percussionist but in demand internationally. David is no stranger to jazz having played and recorded with the Brian Brown (OAM) and Don Burrows (OAM). David and Bob have also recorded together on the albums“Intuition” and ”Bells make Me Sing”. Their musical relationship spans some 35 years.

The same applies to Scott Dunbabin, who toured and recorded with Bob for a decade in “Blues on the Boil”, the only band from the jazz scene to truly define Texas and Chicago Blues. Scott’s unique sound comes from his specially created bass. Scott spent some years playing free jazz with the legendary Brian Brown (Dec). Bob, David and Scott are protégés of this incredibly gifted and passionate musician.

Duration - 120 minutes
The Alma Zygier Quartet
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Synopsis
Alma Zygier has been wowing audiences all over Melbourne. We are very excited to have her quartet at the Lido this Saturday 21 July playing classic jazz standards from the golden age.

Alma has been fascinated by the pre-war era of Jazz; the singers, Ella Fitzgerald, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Memphis Minnie, & the Broadway composers who largely provided the repertoire, Gershwin, Kern, Porter, Rodgers.

She has a voice from another era & brings an emotional maturity to her performance that belies her years. Performing with a similarly minded group of hot young players she brings her American Songbook repertoire to the 21st century.

Duration: 120 minutes
The Rugcutters
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Sat 25 Aug 8:00 PM
Synopsis
This hot group from The Southern Island (Tassie!) combine the riotous joy of classic New Orleans music with typical Australian sun (and beer) drenched larking about. Playing brilliant, infectious tunes from greats such as Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke, and Kid Ory, The Rugcutters bring pure, unadulterated energy and a serious sense of respect and fun to this wonderful repertoire from the 1920s and 30s.

Danny Healy (saxophones and clarinet)
Matt Boden (piano)
Damien Kingston (guitar)
Hamish Houston (bass)
Tom Robb (drums)
Bob Sedergreen's New Orleans Quartet
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Sun 26 Aug 4:00 PM
Synopsis
When the great Don Burrows OAM heard Geelong reed man David Gardner for the first time. His comment was he’s a real clarinetist! David joined Bob Sedergreen’s Stonnington Jazz in the Gardens Super band and for a decade played with a wide variety of our best jazz players as did electric bassist, Jon Chidgey. The effervescent and playful drumming of Marshall Clarke will join them to play a sparkling repertoire of jazz from yesteryear.

Duration: 120 minutes
'Nostalgique' featuring Tamara Kuldin
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Fri 31 Aug 8:00 PM
Synopsis
‘NOSTALGIQUE’ brings together four of Melbourne's richly diverse
jazz musicians in a love affair of European song. Swing, bossa,
tango, waltz and bolero…immerse yourself in this festive
multilingual celebration of love, flirtation and heartache. With
beautiful stories and delightful songs from France, Germany, Portugal to Russia from the likes of Serge Gainsbourg, Edith Piaf to The Andrew Sisters, Melbourne's acclaimed jazz songbird Tamara Kuldin will serenade us along with the evocative musicianship of guitar virtuoso Jon Delaney, playing in the style of French Master Django Reinhardt, Jonathan Zion on double bass and Special Guest this evening is the incomparable Joe Chindamo (accordion).
Delight in this gorgeous musique box of song!

Duration: 120 minutes
Georgia Brooks Quintet
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Synopsis
A rising star in the Australian jazz scene, vocalist Georgia Brooks has spent the past thirteen years studying, performing and teaching vintage jazz and swing dance and it was here that her love of swing era jazz was born. It was on the dance floor that Brooks met drummer Sean Loughran and the two decided to work together to create a band for their fellow swing dancers to enjoy.

Since then The Georgia Brooks Swingtet has played numerous swing dances, concerts and jazz clubs, further expanding and developing their concert repertoire. Festival appearances include The Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Castlemaine Jazz Festival and Melbourne Swing Festival.

With Thee I Swing (2018) is the long awaited, debut album for Melbourne-based group and features hand-picked favourites from the 30s and 40s, including the well known classics Sweet Lorraine, Mean To Me and Exactly Like You.

Duration: 120 minutes